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Amazing Breaker Review
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Amazing Breaker, an explosively fun physics puzzler from Dekovir, is now available from the app store. Through its beautiful art style and engaging gameplay, Amazing Breaker easily distinguishes itself from the other app store stalwarts, poised to take its place among the chosen.

Amazing Breaker Pros:

  • Beautiful art style with crisp, appealing imagery
  • Ethereal and atmospheric background music
  • Simple slingshot controls
  • Multiple bomb types
  • GameCenter integration for global leaderboards and achievements

Amazing Breaker Cons:

  • Can be difficult to get 100%, as tiny shards often remain

Amazing Breaker contains 80 levels of gameplay, wherein you slingshot a variety of explosives at artistic ice sculptures. The goal is to destroy every last shard with as few bombs as possible. You’ll start with access only to the gray Spike bomb. This bomb explodes upon contact with the sculpture or when it comes to a standstill. Next, you’re introduced to the green Split bomb that will either explode on contact or split into 3 smaller bombs with a tap of the screen. The 3 bombs will spread out, allowing you to cover a larger area, but at the expense of their connectedness. If they embed in the sculpture close enough to each other, they will form a chain that will cause all connected bombs to explode when another explosion destroys any one of the chained bombs.

The third bomb type is the Ghost bomb, a blue orb that passes through the sculpture. It explodes when it comes to rest, but it can also be influenced by swiping your finger on the screen. The last bomb, the Helicopter bomb, looks like a metallic container with 3 purple orbs. Each tap of the screen releases an orb and the container explodes when it loses forward momentum. If the explosion is close enough to the purple orbs, they will explode, too. Again, a chain can lead to plenty of destruction. To pass a level, you must destroy 90% of the sculpture. As you likely guessed, your performance is rated with up to 3 stars, which requires a perfect 100% destruction of the sculpture. Earned stars are also used to unlock subsequent level sets.

Graphically, the Retina Display visuals give the game a very polished and appealing look. The ice sculptures cover a range of objects, from bunches of grapes and pairs of fish to toilets and anchors. Each object has a cool, icy look about it, tinged with a color palette that gives the objects an artsy feel. The bomb animations and explosions are fantastic, and gameplay is smooth as can be. The soundtrack is ethereal and atmospheric, offering a serene backdrop to the exciting action. Controls simply require you to drag the current bomb downward, setting its path and power, and release. Interactions with live bombs were previously explained and everything is very responsive. There is even a good bit of strategy required to determine where to aim each bomb, as the order they arrive in is fairly fixed. The only deviation comes from the ability to acquire more bombs by causing an explosion near one of the bombs that occasionally appears near the sculpture. This new type will “cut in line” and be used before continuing with the pre-determined progression. Timing is also a major key to setting up chains and causing the green bombs to embed in favorable positions.

Replay value is great, as you can usually find a better way to complete the level that destroys everything or leaves extra bombs for bonus points. GameCenter integration allows for global leaderboards and achievements to earn. Additional levels have been promised, which is a great sign. We are thoroughly enjoying the game’s mechanics and finding it difficult to tear ourselves away, always the mark of a great game. At $0.99, Amazing Breaker is a 5-Dimple explosion of fun.

Amazing Breaker Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2011-07-08T13:58:06+00:00 rating 5.0 out of 5

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